About Me

I’ve failed retirement yet again. I had a fixed-term 4 month placement in late 2017 with Sustainability Victoria establishing community energy projects in Gippsland. It was terrific and I loved it, but with SV making a full-time ongoing appointment in December of that year, I was able to resume happy retirement.

But! The Executive Officer of the Western Port Biosphere Foundation, one of Australia’s nine UNESCO Biospheres, was retiring in late 2018 and I’d long looked on at the Biosphere, thinking that there was a lot could be done with the UNESCO brand in balancing conservation and development in the Western Port region. I went down and told the Board what I reckoned they should do – and they called my bluff. “You come and do it then”, they said. It was a case of put up or shut up and the latter isn’t my strong point. So here I am, Executive Officer of the Western Port Biosphere Foundation, working part-time with a small team based in Hastings conducting projects that explore how we can meet human needs without buggering the environment on which we and all other species depend.

Before then, I’d had 10 years at the helm of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance where we conducted projects in both mitigation and adaptation on behalf of our region of councils.

Prior to that, I worked in education, public policy and programs and in environmental activism.

It’s not as though all of my time now is my own, but the choice regarding how I spend it is. I am a Board Member of the John Cain Foundation, a progressive policy-influencing think-tank following the precepts of one of Victoria’s great Premiers John Cain. Our luncheon meetings are on the third Wednesday of each month – check the program at johncainfoundation.com.au

Until recently I was a member of a Ministerial Advisory Committee, the Central Coastal Board, and of Regional Development Australia’s Southern Melbourne Committee, one of 55 committees across the nation that develops the evidence base for and makes recommendations about regional development to state and federal governments. I also stepped down as a Trustee of the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation, providing scholarships to students such that education can offer more broadly the life-transforming opportunities of learning to students who otherwise couldn’t afford further education at Chisholm TAFE.

I am conducting bird walks and talks around Melbourne, reviewing and evaluating interpretation programs for ecotourism agencies, I am presenting addresses to schools on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, to Probus groups on the environmental policies that we need  and I’m running quiz nights for community social groups. In between these activities, I step out across this wide brown land to add to my life list of Australian birds, currently sitting on 660 species.

Curriculum Vitæ

Contact me via this website for a copy of my Curriculum Vitae and we can see if our interests align.

Latest Blog Posts

Daily Links Oct 24

You have to be on the prowl at night to see our mammals, you more often hear rather than see our amphibians, go underwater to see our fish or wait …

Daily Links Oct 23

I believe the expression is ‘more front that Myers’. How can this guy keep a straight face while he utters the words ‘green recovery with an increased reliance on renewables’?https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/23/mathias-cormann-talks-up-green-recovery-as-part-of-his-pitch-to-lead-oecd

Daily Links Oct 22

Thunderstorms, hail and flash-flooding? Deal with it. Of greater concern is how will this affect the AFL Grand Final? Some things are serious. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-21/bom-forecasts-flooding-hail-damaging-winds-weather-east-coast/12796732 From: Maelor Himbury <maelor@melbpc.org.au>Date: 22 October …

Daily Links Oct 21

Where, oh where, is the National Integrity Commission? Funding without applications (Great Barrier Reef Foundation), funding without investigations completed (FNQ HELE coal plant as below) and just plain dodgy investigations …

Daily Links Oct 20

Since civil society hasn’t yet succeeded in making society civil, we need all the good advice we can get to reach those broad sunlit uplands. We need to be smart, …